Curriculum: An Ounce of Prevention This FASD Prevention curriculum is designed to be used in High School and Middle School Biology classes and in Health/Family and Consumer Science classes. The Main curriculum components are in a Flash module. A DVD is also available. The full curriculum can be ordered here.
PDF: “Hey Teacher”, a resource for teachers of children with FASD This is a resource for caregivers to share with classroom teachers, developed by Tracey Jongens. Jongens says the resource is “designed to be used by families of children with a FASD diagnosis to help open up the very necessary communication channels between child, family and teacher. It is written from the child’s perspective, in an attempt to place the child at the center of this relationship. I would suggest it is something you give to each new teacher of your child.”
At age six, Jessica was diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome This is a profile of one family’s experience with FASD. Tracy cared for her sister’s daughter Jessica, who experienced many developmental and behavioral challenges throughout her early childhood. Jessica was diagnosed with FAS at age six, having previously been diagnosed with ADHD and attachment disorder.
Article, Troy Media, March 2013
South Dakota’s Pine Ridge tribe is at ‘breaking point’ over alcohol This article discusses the ongoing battle over liquor stores in Whiteclay, Nebraska, just outside of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, which bans alcohol sales. Native American tribal activists are working to close the liquor stores, which they charge are in violation of various laws including selling alcohol to minors and the clearly intoxicated. The article points out that on the reservation, “25% of tribal youths there suffer from fetal alcohol syndrome and 75% of adults suffer from alcoholism.”
Article, Los Angeles Times, March 2013
Children of Women With Alcohol Disorder in Pregnancy Have Greater SIDS Risk ”Children whose mothers are diagnosed with an alcohol disorder in pregnancy, or within a year after giving birth, are three times more likely to die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), compared with infants whose mothers do not have an alcohol disorder, a new study finds.”
Article, Join Together, February 2013
Risk Of Victimization Greater For People With Disabilities ”People with disabilities are significantly more likely than others to be victims of violence and are often more emotionally impacted when they are taken advantage of, new research indicates.”
Article, Disability Scoop, February 2013
Heavy drinkers get extra brain fuel from alcohol “Alcohol may give heavy drinkers more than just a buzz. It can also fuel their brains, a new study suggests. Long-term booze use boosts brain levels of acetate, an energy-rich by-product of alcohol metabolism, researchers report online March 8 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation“
Article, Science News, March 2013
Webinar: Defining Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) March 13, 2013. 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST. “This webinar is specifically designed to provide a crash course on ROSC: what it means, how it is changing the addiction profession landscape across the country, and how it affects you and your practice.” “There has been much discussion about recovery-oriented systems of care and its acronym ROSC within the addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery community. However, not all professionals understand ROSC or how it affects the addiction profession.”
Event: The Pediatrician and Substance Use April 26-28, 2013. Boston, MA. “This two and a half day conference will bring together experts in the fields of general pediatrics, adolescent medicine, developmental medicine and addition to discuss the developmental, behavioral and medical aspects of the problems posed by substance use, and to provide a comprehensive approach to addressing it in the primary care setting. Major topics covered will include tobacco use, drug endangered children, risk and protective factors for adolescent substance use, interviewing adolescents, screening, brief intervention, referral to treatment (SBIRT), parent guidance, opioid misuse and important new information about the adolescent brain and is special susceptibility to the effects of TAOD. “
Webinar: Newborns Prenatally Exposed to Illicit Drugs: Medical and Neurobehavioral Outcomes This webinar will cover the following topics: Neonatal complications related to a mother’s use of illicit drugs during pregnancy. Medical and neurobehavioral consequences of prenatal drug exposure and strategies for interventions and treatment of the baby. Available for $15.99